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Against Management: History, Politics, Rhetoric
Against Management argues that management is increasingly being seen as a problem, and not a solution. Martin Parker argues that managing is not the only way to organize and that managerialism is a global form of ideology, which is being used to justify considerable cruelty and inequality. He also suggests that, in a variety of places, an odd collection of people seem to b ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 25th 2002 by Polity Press
(first published 2002)
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I loved the author's For Business Ethics and had been meaning to tackle this one since it came out over 10 years ago. Parker describes several mostly unconnected critiques of managerialism or management ideology ... the idea that bad management is solved by good management or more management and the inability to consider alternative forms of organization. Chapters about academic and business press criticisms of bureaucracy, so-called "business ethics" and "corporate social responsibility," that ...more